Egypt in Crisis: Challenges for Governance & Stability in the Arab World

School of International Service, American University
Washington, DC, USA
March 1, 2011

AMIN SAIKAL is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (the Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. He is the author of numerous works on Islam, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Russia. He is the author of the seminal book: The Rise and Fall of the Shah (Princeton: Princeton University Press 1980, 2009).Other works are Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (London I.B. Tauris 2006); Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation? (London: Palgrave 2003). He has also published many Op-Ed pieces in international dailies, including the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and is a frequent commentator on issues related to the Middle East and Central Asia on radio and television. Professor Saikal was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations (1983-1988). He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2006 for his services to international community and education as well as an advisor and author.

The following video link and op-eds are by Professor Saikal on different aspects of the crisis:

1. Egypt's Legacy and Its Implications, Australian National University, February 10, 2011.

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2. "Similarities between Iranian and Tunisian Revolts Cannot be Ignored," The Sydney Morning Herald January 17, 2011:

The ousting of the authoritarian Tunisian president, Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, in a popular uprising dubbed the ''jasmine revolution'', is an ominous warning to similar rulers in the Arab world and, for that matter, across the Muslim domain. It clearly signals that ultimately there is no reward in holding on to power by force and political repression.

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3. "Mubarak's Moment has Come," ABC News, February 2, 2011:

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has finally succumbed to public pressure and announced that he will not run for re-election in September, but his days are now numbered.

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4. "Egypt Confronts its Fork in the Road," ABC News, February 14, 2011:

Egypt – the land of the Pharaohs, with a long history of civilization and systems of governance – is set on the path to long-term structural changes. The process may prove to be turbulent, arduous and painful, but at the end a new pluralist and participatory order may well be the result, with a serious impact on the Middle Eastern geopolitical landscape.

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5. "Politically Mind-Boggling as Obama Sides with Settlers," ABC News, February 22, 2011:

At a time when it is struggling to enhance America’s credibility with the Arab people, many of whom have revolted against their long-standing US-backed authoritarian rulers, the Obama administration has committed a serious Middle East policy blunder.

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